Summer 2014: Mechanical Maintenance Student Employees
July 07, 2014
This Q&A is the third in a series produced by the Facilities Services department to spotlight and applaud its summer student employees.
The mechanical maintenance crew helps clean and repair mechanical systems on campus. They examine the heating and other electrical systems in campus buildings, ensuring that they are clean and in proper working order. In each dorm room, vents must be removed, investigated, and then cleaned. This amount of work is accomplished with the help of a 5 student work crew that cover all of the residence halls on campus - and buildings beyond that. Students learn about the mechanical and heating processes of the school, and learn skills such as problem solving and teamwork. It allows them to experience first-hand the flexibility and perseverance required to solve mechanical problems on a college campus.
The following Q&A features Mechanical Crew student workers:
- Mazen Khawaja ’17, Economics
- Corey McCarey ’15, Theater
What will you take from this experience to future jobs?
Mazen: Definitely problem solving skills. And a wealth of radiator knowledge.
Corey: Learning how to be a good employee, like consistently showing up on time and knowing how to problem solve.
Favorite part of summer work for Lewis & Clark?
Mazen: Golf carts and Janice’s food!
Corey: Waking up early wasn’t so great in the beginning, but I like it a lot now. You never realize just how long days are and how much you can get done.
Advice for future Lewis & Clark students?
Mazen: Don’t forget to take breaks!
Corey: Be polite. People appreciate it and they’re nice to you in return.